The measures brought in by the government to replace the furlough scheme were unveiled this week. Under the new setup the most vulnerable workers in the economy will have the least support and no attempt has been made to prevent the potential for millions of redundancies when furlough is withdrawn at the end of this month.
Daragh O’Neill sounds the alarm bell on creeping Tory privatisation of our NHS, which is taking advantage of coronavirus gripping the country to accelerate changes and siphon off public money.
The government’s new Bill withdraws economic decision-making powers from devolved administrations just as they are set to escape EU ‘competition’ regulation, explains Communist Party International Secretary, John Foster.
New coronavirus regulations came into force in England, Wales and Scotland today (14 September 2020) which restricted all group activities to no more than 6 individuals. There will be differences in however in how the so called ‘Rule of 6’ will be applied in the separate parts of Britain.
On Thursday (10 September 2020), it was announced by the Prime Minister that Covid restrictions would be reintroduced, limiting the number of people gathering in groups in England to 6 from the previously allowed number of 30.
Both the Westminster and Holyrood administrations have spent the last week imposing and reimposing new and old measures to stave off rising numbers of coronavirus cases. Figures released yesterday (10 September 2020) revealed 3,539 new cases in one day, the highest figure since 17 May.
There are strong arguments in favour of proportional representation, argues Nick Wright, but any left-wing government relies on a committed set of MPs and a mass movement in support of change outside of Parliament above all else.
This morning (21 July 2020) Tory Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that around 900,000 public sector workers are due to receive an “above-inflation pay rise”, for their “vital contribution during the Coronavirus pandemic”. From doctors to teachers to police and prison officers, all are being offered pay increases up to 3.1%.
Plans announced by Boris Johnson for a “significant return to normality” by Christmas at yesterday’s (17 July 2020) coronavirus briefing have been roundly criticised by trade unions, the NHS, the government’s chief scientific adviser and the devolved administrations.
The Executive Committee of the Young Communist League last night (8 July 2020) released a statement in response to the Government’s Summer Budget.